Foods That Promote Gum Health
Dental and Gum health is more important than people generally realize, and nutrition plays a vital role in this. Teeth and gum diseases are associated with low levels of vitamins and minerals in our blood, including Vitamin A, C and D, Calcium, Beta-carotene and folic acid, and avoiding sugar and alcohol can help in maintaining gum health.
GINGIVITIS DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
What is Gum or Periodontal Disease?
Routine brushing, flossing and rinsing is not enough for healthy teeth and gums. Nutrition plays a major role in ensuring your teeth and gums remain healthy. Gum or periodontal diseases are very common, most of the people experience gum and teeth problems at least once in their life. These can be easily tackled with the help of correct nutrition if discovered early. However, it progresses rapidly and gets worse if not taken care in the initial stage leading to symptoms like swollen or discolored gums, tender gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, change in tooth sensation when eating, loose teeth, tooth loss, and bad breath. When gums are inflamed and broken, harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream more easily, leading to other chronic health problems including coronary artery disease. To avoid these health hazards, foods and dietary modifications are necessary.
We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Gingivitis that can help.
- Increase your intake of Beta-carotene and Folic Acid from legumes, wheat germ, mushrooms, oranges, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupes
- Calcium – Milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, sardines with bones, broccoli, green beans, almonds, turnip greens, kale.
- Vitamin A – Liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks, and mozzarella cheese
- Vitamin C – Citrus fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, cabbage, melons, broccoli, kiwi fruit, raspberries
- Selenium (a mineral) – Rice, wheat, meats, bread, Brazil nuts
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
Moderate beverages like black tea, black coffee
Foods to Avoid:
- Avoid Acidic food and fruit-based sugary drinks such as hard candies, breath mints, and lollipops
- Avoid eating processed starches as snacks: bread, crackers, cereal, chips, wafers, pasta, fries and fermentable food.
- Avoid alcohol